It’s The Reading Tub® Jump In!

In the next few weeks, The Reading Tub, Inc. will celebrate its fourth anniversary. In October 2003 I launched the first Reading Tub website as a place parents could go to find great books to read with their children. Some history …

When I started the Reading Tub® , I focused on the “learning” aspect of literacy. That’s where “Turning a page … Opening the World”® comes from. Get a child to love (or even just like) reading and you will expand his natural curiosity and imagination … and along the way engender a love of learning.

But our goal really is bigger than just learning. It is, simply, to bring reading home to families. This is my mantra because it is a statement captures the various facets of children’s literacy and reading on several levels. We want to …

* Encourage parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles to read with the children in their lives … even kids who can read independently can benefit from time shared reading aloud with Mom or Dad.

* Help these adults find great books that match their kids’ interests and reading levels (and skip the over-hyped stuff!).

* Provide information that explains why reading with a child at home is so important. It is the most important homework there is!

* Post articles and provide links to resources that help parents/grandparents/teachers teach their children to read.

Stay tuned for more history in the coming days!

7 responses to “It’s The Reading Tub® Jump In!

  1. Happy almost anniversary! I love your mission. I used to participate in a program called Ready To Read through the Kalamazoo Public Library where I’d go to waiting rooms throughout the city where people are likely to have to bring their children to and read to the kids. Reading to young ones is so important for learning. You’re doing great things.

  2. Bringing books to children and adults is a very worthwhile goal and I wish you the best. I spoke to a group of homeschoolers and their parents this morning about writing and reading. When I got home, I sent your blog link to them 🙂

    Nikki Leigh

  3. You know I am a reading tub fan. I read to my granddaughters when I visit them, send them lots of books, too. Scratch their backs while we read. No better moments in the world, really. (-:
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Award-winning novelist, poet and author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers

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